Barns Courtney recently released a surprise EP called Hard To Be Alone. It’s four songs that the singer/songwriter recorded while being stuck in quarantine and they fit in with the general tone of what most of us have been feeling. They’re simple songs that teeter on the lighter side of the spectrum of what Courtney does. They’re songs to listen to late at night when you can’t sleep and want to wallow in whatever misery or sadness you’re feeling. It works, but it works in small doses.
Courtney’s music has been at its best when it’s got up-tempo blues to it. “You and I” “Glitter & Gold” – similar songs are all some of his best work and they all are toe-tapping songs. There are multiple hooks and some great melodies to them. This EP is different, it carries a different intent. These songs feel like songs you listen to when you want to be drunk and alone, not drunk with friends. This EP will speak to some people on that level, but it’s not going to speak to everyone all the time.
This isn’t really a formal release, at least it doesn’t really feel like one. There’s not anything here that feels like groundbreaking material from Courtney, one of current music’s best talents. That said, this record is worth listening to. It will resonate with it’s intended audience, it just has to find it.